VA forum will focus on benefits for female veterans
By The Post's Lisa Rein
Leaders of the Department of Veterans Affairs, female veterans and their advocates in the VA's health care system will gather Wednesday in Arlington for a day-long forum on improving access to care and benefits for a fast-growing population of veterans.
The event at the Women in Military Service to America Memorial will be headlined by VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, who has made improving care for female vets one of his top priorities.
Panelists from prosthetics experts to mental health providers will take up a range of issues, including homelessness, readjustment counseling and treatment of sexual trauma. About 1.8 million of the country's 23 million living veterans are women, according to the VA. With women on the front lines in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the number is growing; female vets are expected to make up 10.5 percent of the veteran population by 2020.
| July 28, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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